Bemba Lesson 15.2 – How to Ask a Question – WHAT? – To Do

Bemba Lesson - To Do - kitweonline

Bemba Lesson – To Do – kitweonline

In this lesson on How to Ask a Question in Bemba, we look at the verb “Do” (Cita).

Note:

  • Mu ciBemba (In Bemba) the same words are used to refer to a man and to a woman (He / She).
  • In the following examples, remember that the plural form (pl.) is used to address one person as a sign of respect. (The plural form of “You”).
  • The words  Ninshi / Cinshi / Finshi are sometimes used interchangeably, but they mean different things:
    •  “Ninshi” to refer to “What is it?”
    • “Cinshi”  is used when you are referring to one thing, e.g “What one thing have I done?”
    • “Finshi.” is used to refer to more than one thing, eg. “What things have I done?”

 

Do = Cita

(You can use “Ninshi”(What is it), “Cinshi” (What thing) or “Finshi” (What things) wherever  each of them is used below).


PRESENT TENSE:


What have I done? =
Finshi nacita?
What have you done? =
Finshi mwacita? (pl.) / Finshi wacita? (sing.)
What has she done? =
Finshi aacita?
What has he done? =
Finshi aacita?
What have they done? =
Finshi baacita?

What does she do? Finshi acita?
What does he do? = 
Finshi acita?
What do they do? = 
Finshi bacita?


PAST TENSE:


What did I do? =  
Finshi nacitile?
What did you do? (sing.) =
 Finshi wacitile?
What did you do? (pl.) =
 Finshi mwacitile?
What did he / she do? (sing.) =  
Finshi aacitile?
What did he / she do? (pl.) =
 Finshi aacitile?
What did they do? =  
Finshi baacitile?


FUTURE TENSE:


What will I do? =
Finshi nkacita?
What will you do? (sing.) =
Finshi ukacita?
What will you do? (pl.) =
Finshi mukacita?
What will he / she do? (sing.) =
Finshi akacita?
What will he / she do? (pl.) =  
Finshi bakacita?
What will they do? =
Finshi bakacita?

Look out for further lessons from the 15.00 series.

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  1 comment for “Bemba Lesson 15.2 – How to Ask a Question – WHAT? – To Do

  1. Henry Phiri
    January 23, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    I like this program site

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